According to the LinkedIn study that surveyed 4,136 employees and 844 L&D professionals across Australia, India, Japan, and Singapore, 82 percent Indian professionals feel that the skills needed to succeed are changing rapidly. The report also found that 45 percent Indian employees left organizations because of lack of L&D opportunities.
LinkedIn has recently launched the ‘Future of Skills 2019’ report for the Asia Pacific region. The study identifies that with ongoing transformation, tech skills dominate the list of rising skills, but non-tech skills such as Social Media Marketing, Compliance, and Human-centered Design also stand out. In India, the top three skills that are witnessing a rise are Robotic Process Automation, Compliance, and Continuous Integration. In fact, critical thinking has emerged as the most sought-after skill in the age of AI and automation. The LinkedIn survey also states that 61 percent of Indian professionals believe that soft skills are needed for career progression.
Ruchee Anand, Head of Talent Solutions and Learning Solutions - India at LinkedIn shares, “Our research points to how talent drives business, and skills drive talent today. Certain skills are becoming less in-demand as different skills are needed to succeed, therefore upskilling talent is key for organizations to meet their business goals. Paying attention to skills is also crucial in recruitment, as previous job titles may not always be an accurate measure of a professional’s capability and adaptability strengths in this new world of work.”
Iterating on the L&D landscape in India, the report highlights that while employees and L&D professionals, both, have recognized the need for learning, 60 percent of employees in India feel that time is the most significant barrier they face in pursuing their L&D goals, while 37 percent feel it is the cost factor that acts as a hindrance. From organizations’ point of view, 46 percent feel lack of engaging learners act as a barrier to deliver successful L&D programs, while 44 percent of organizations admit that adapting training for younger employees is a challenge.